Nepalese cabinet approves Gurung as new Army chief
Last Updated: Thursday, August 27, 2009, 18:04
Kathmandu: General Chhatra Man Gurung is all set to be made the full Army Chief of Nepal with the cabinet approving his formal appointment to head the 95,000 strong force, a step which could defuse the ongoing confrontation between the government and the Maoists.

Gurung, the first Nepalese from the ethnic group to head the Army is presently officiating as the Army chief as the incumbent General Rukmangad Katawal has gone on a month long leave prior to his retirement.

On the cabinet recommendation, the President Ram Baran Yadav will officially appoint Gurung as the new Army Chief. But the appointment would be formally made after the tenure of the present chief expires on September 11.

Katawal was involved in a controversy as the former prime minister Prachanda sacked him. But the President blocked the Maoist government's move.

With, the formal appointment of Gurung, the new government headed by Madhav Kumar Nepal hopes to diffuse confrontation with the Maoists, who are blocking the proceedings of Parliament over the issue.

Prachanda has said that mere retirement of Katwal will not satisfy his party as it wants to make it clear that in democracy the will of the elected government should prevail.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 27, 2009, 18:04

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